At this time of year many people head to the mountains in search of the perfect powder to enjoy a great skiing holiday. Austria, Switzerland and France are the top choices for many travellers but Spain is also worth considering at this time of year as a ski destination. Below are some of the best hotels in Spain and Andorra which are worth consideration if you are tempted to try the pistes in either of these two destinations.
Hotel La Pleta is an exclusive five star hotel located in the heart of Val d’Aran near the ski resort of Baqueira-Beret in Lerida in the north of Spain. Frequently visited by the Spanish royal family during their winter holidays, it is one of the few hotels in Spain that provides for heliskiing. As the name suggests this involves taking a helicopter to reach the highest peaks allowing you to enjoy both incredible views and virgin snow.
The Vallnord ski resort in Andorra came about as the result of a merger between the two older stations of Pal-Arinsal and Ordino-Arcalíscuenta. The resort now covers a total area of some 90km spread over 66 pistes. The Palomé hotel is a good choice if visiting this area. The four star establishment is situated in the quiet area of La Massana at 1240 meters and just 900 meters from the ski lifts. The hotel is aimed at couples looking for a discreet small hotel and is nestled among traditional Pyrenees houses. Most of the rooms enjoy incredible mountain views and Andorra la Vella is just a 15-minute drive away.
The Real Valle Ezcaray apartments in Zorraquin are perfect for those who prefer a skiing holiday in a small resort. Valdezcaray is located in the Sierra de la Demanda in the region of La Rioja. The area has some 23km of ski slopes covering all categories of difficulty. The Real Valle Ezcaray is close to the ski station and surrounded by a splendid natural setting.
In winter the El Tarter Valley is very popular with skiers of all levels as there are more than 170km of slopes in the main resort of Grandvalira in Andorra. The Xalet Montana is a rustic family hotel with direct access to the slopes. It is just 200m from the nearest ski lift. The hotel is ideal for a winter break where you can enjoy many activities like paragliding and mushing (sledges pulled by dogs) as well as alpine and cross-country skiing.
The Santa Cristina Petit Spa is to be found near the ski stations of Astún, Candanchú and Formigal in the Aragon valley in the Huesca region of Spain. A former customs house located just 5km from the border with France, this three star hotel is a good location for lovers of winter sports as, if these three stations were united into one, it would form the largest snow area in Spain. All the rooms at the Santa Cristina Spa enjoy mountain views and the spa includes a gym, hydromassage bath, steam bath, sauna and heated indoor pool. El Boj restaurant offers a modern menu based on the traditional cuisine of the Pyrenees.
Located in the Sierra Nevada, the Meliá Sol y Nieve hotel has an idyllic location right at the entrance of the ski resort. The hotel is to be found in Plaza de Pradollano right in the shopping and leisure area of the resort and just 100m from the lifts. This four star hotel has 258 rooms and suites, many of which enjoy views of the ski slopes. The hotel has a YHI Spa with hydrothermal circuit, Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, whirlpools, flotarium and cold bath.